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cleavers

Cleavers is a weed that grows in moist or wet areas, riverbanks etc. It has prickly stems with thin leaves with usually 8 fingers. Leaves, seeds and stem have small velcro-like hook-tipped hairs. White-green flowers have 4 petals. You can consume the whole plant, usually as a tea. Tea is used to purify blood, liver, kidney, bladder. A diuretic, it is often taken to treat skin problems such as seborrhoea, eczema, psoriasis, acne, boils, sunburn and abscesses.. Contains citric acid used for cancer and tumors. Great for detoxifying. If your face is wrinkly and sagging, make a facial wash- it tightens the skin. A great body cleanser, helps lymph system drain toxins and wastes so that they can be excreted by the urinary system, making it great for lymph problems like or lymphatic problems like swollen lymph glands, breast and skin issues, even anti-tumor. Great for treating fluid retention. Helps urinary infections, urinary stones and gravel, arthritis and gout. Seeds make great coffee substitute. When dried and slightly roasted- tastes almost exactly like coffee.
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April in 1986 was a windy, warm, and droughty month and many annuals such as tropical sage and catchweed bedstraw (Galium aparine) disappeared, and perennials such as pigeon-berry and mist-flower wilted.
When you see the garlic mustard, you know that catchweed is blooming in the garden, celandine and fleabane are open in the alley, and Jack-in-the-pulpit and wild ginger are open in the deep woods.
Wild strawberries wander, bright yellow, though the purple ivy and the sticky catchweed.